Making North–South Research Collaborations Work
by: Jaimie Bleck,The University of Notre Dame, Chipo Dendere, Amherst College, and Boukary Sangaré, University of Leiden
Our paper contributes to the important literature on research collaborations between North and South researchers. Drawing on our vast experience participating in research collaborations in different African countries , we identify ways that social scientists can build strong cross-regional partnerships and positively impact the communities they study. We argue that, in its ideal form, collaboration among researchers based in “Northern” and “Southern” institutions is mutually beneficial for the academics involved as well as the discipline as a whole. We discuss this collaboration through the lens of three sub-themes: youth training, iterative research, and policy papers. Finally, we revisit academic collaboration in the context of research in volatile environments including those characterized by significant political or physical insecurity, which change some of the dynamics we describe in substantive ways.